The WNBA basketball season is well underway, so when you’re sick of shooting hoops in your driveway until it gets too dark to see, grab your kids and head for the Staples Center for a Los Angeles Sparks game. Don’t worry if not every member of your family is a die-hard sports fan. When Sparky, the adorably oversized puppy mascot, takes the court in his Sparks uniform and starts dancing and tossing out rolled up T-shirts, you’ll all be cheering and clapping at the spectacle.
The experience is high-energy all the way. You’ll feel the beat once DJ Mal-Ski starts amping up the crowd, spinning and scratching an eclectic mix of tunes from past and present. When the giveaway announcements start coming over the loudspeaker, everybody’s ears perk up, and your kids contort themselves to see their seat numbers.
Then, comes the real action. The ladies take to the court and instantly launch into a high-stakes game that has your eyes darting back and forth. The ball is tossed from the talented forward Nneka Ogwumike to Kristi Toliver, then Jantel Lavender barrels past the defender and beelines for the hoop. Your eyes are reserved, however, for Candace Parker, who won a gold medal with the U.S. Women’s team in 2012. Even your children recognize the coordination and strategy at play on the court, and everybody loves to see the soaring three-pointers and oh-so-cool fadeaway jumpers.
By the time you make your way back to the car, everyone in your family is decked out in gold and purple. The soundtrack on the way home is a post-game show with plenty of color commentary, hosted by your happy family. Stay tuned, folks. You’ll be back soon.